Marco Mendoza Addresses Neal Schon’s Offer To Play With Journey


Former The Dead Daisies bassist Marco Mendoza recently appeared in an interview with Eon Music and recalled when Neal Schon invited him to Journey.

Marco Mendoza has been known for his numerous collaborations besides his tenure with the Dead Daisies. He started his music career initially playing bass for the former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward’s solo album released in 1990. Then he joined the supergroup Alias replacing the former Heart bass guitarist Steve Fossen and was featured on the second album.

In 1994, he appeared with the reformed line-up of Thin Lizzy and toured with them for a while. In the early 2000s, he contributed to Ted Nugent and Whitesnake as a touring member. In the same period, he also appeared as a guest musician on Derek Sherinian’s solo album entitled ‘Mythology.’

The bassist has also played with the names like Robert Williams, Dolores O’Riordian, and Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens throughout his career. On the other side, he released his debut album ‘Live for Tomorrow’ in 2007. He also formed the Thin Lizzy spin-off band Black Star Riders; however, he left it to focus on other projects. The bassist later parted ways with the Dead Daises and made guest appearances with different names like Neal Schon.

Recently, Mendoza revealed that he was invited to the Journey Through Time tour by Neal Schon. He stated that his schedule was hectic due to adding dates. The Dead Daisies were also dealing with line-up changes then, and Glenn Hughes joined as the singer and bassist replacing John Corabi and Mendoza. The bassist stated there was no drama behind his departure and stressed that he was a big fan of Hughes. According to him, that period brought novelty to both sides.

Marco Mendoza said the following about the period Neal Schon made an offer to him:

“I was really busy. In the meantime, I’m on the road adding dates, and I got the call from Neal Schon to do the Journey Through Time thing, which ended up being the Journey gig, and so on. But that was the reason; nobody left, nobody got fired; it was one of those mutual agreements. I’m a big fan of Glenn. I’m a friend, I consider him a friend, but I’m a big fan. He’s an amazing singer and bass player, he’s got status, so I knew that it was going to be taken to the next level. That was my opinion, and I was happy.”

Mendoza appeared on Neal Schon’s Journey Through Time tour along with his former the Dead Daisies member Deen Castronovo and former Journey member Gregg Rolie. In April 2022, the rocker was announced as the bassist of the supergroup Iconic, and they later released the debut album ‘Second Skin.’